DayBreaks for 4/13/17: Prone to Wander
From the Holy Week devotional guide from our church:
“Have you ever found yourself off track, out of sorts or just in la-la-land, not paying attention to people and life around you? It’s as if you had wandered off and forgot how you got to where you are? For example, my family of six lives in a townhome. It is skinny and tall with three flights of stairs. We come and go through the first floor and it never fails that by the time I get to the car to leave, I have forgotten something essential for that day. I run back up the stairs on a mission and once I finally reach the third floor (out of breath, of course), I have no idea what I raced up there to get. It’s easy to get lost in your thoughts, lost in yourself: wandering. It happens to the best of us.
“In the beloved hymn, Come Thou Fount, we sing these words ‘Prone to wander Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love!’ I bet for most devout followers those are difficult words to sing and something we would never want to happen, or think could happen.
“It can happen. It does happen. It did happen.
“It’s a Thursday evening and celebration is in the air. The disciples are eating the Passover meal with Jesus and it has all the typical elements: a roasted lamb, unleavened bread with bitter herbs, wine, the host telling the Exodus story and people singing Psalms. Jesus said something that changed the tone of the celebration. He said, One of you who is eating with Me will betray Me tonight. Sorrow fills the room and each one starts asking, Is it I?
“Later on that night while walking to the Mount of Olives, Jesus tells the disciples, I will be struck down and you will all fall away. Peter speaks up instantly and says, …even though they fall away I will not. It is then Jesus says to Peter, Before morning you will deny me three times. It is clear that the men closest to Jesus, the men who gave up everything to follow Him, are prone to wander and even leave the God they love. Betrayal, denial, abandonment.
“We are prone to act and react just like the disciples who were closest to Jesus. Wandering from Jesus can happen in your mind, your life, and your body. It can be unintentional or it can be intentional. Sometimes, if we are honest, we want to wander. We need to wander because we think it is better. It is not. Jesus is better!
“Today, as we observe Maundy Thursday, we want to come back to Jesus. He wants us to come home! To sit at His table. Recline. Eat. Rejoice. And focus on Him. So let’s ask God to tune our hearts and fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the good Shepherd, the author and perfector of our faith. Let’s ask Him to bind our wandering hearts to Him.” – Ryan Van Kirk, worship leader, Perimeter church
PRAYER: Lord, you know our hearts. We are indeed, prone to wander. We are prone to leave the God we love. Take our hearts and seal them for Your courts above. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.